MLB home run record

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run of the season Tuesday night in the Yankees’ 147th game of the season. It’s a truly historic campaign, as Judge leads the majors in home runs, RBI, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, total bases, WAR, and several other categories. He also leads the AL in batting average, meaning he’s currently in contention to be the Triple Crown winner. Only Miguel Cabrera in 2012 has done so in the last 55 years.

Overall, Judge is hitting .316/.419/.703 (214 OPS+) with 60 homers, 128 RBI, 123 runs, 16 stolen bases, and 9.7 WAR. Almost everything comes from this line, but it is especially the 60 circuits.

We might have a few questions about this brand, so let’s go with the all-time rankings. Just the facts here.

Most home runs in a season, MLB

1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 70, 1998
3. Samy Sosa, 66, 1998
4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
5. Samy Sosa, 64, 2001
6. Samy Sosa, 63, 1999
7. Roger Maris, 61, 1961
T8. Judge Aaron, 60, 2022
T8. Baby Ruth, 60, 1927
T10. Giancarlo Stanton, 59, 2017
T10. Baby Ruth, 59, 1921

Most home runs in a season, American League

1. Roger Maris, 61, 1961
T2. Judge Aaron, 60, 2022
T2. Baby Ruth, 60, 1927
T4. Hank Greenberg, 58, 1938
T4. Jimmie Foxx, 58, 1932
6. Alex Rodriguez, 57, 2002
T7. Ken Griffey Jr., 56, 1998
T7. Ken Griffey, Jr., 56, 1997
T9. Jose Bautista, 54 years old, 2010
T9. Alex Rodriguez, 54, 2007
T9. David Ortiz, 54, 2006
T9. Mickey Coat, 54, 1961
T9. Baby Ruth, 54, 1928
T9. Baby Ruth, 54, 1920

Most home runs in a season, National League

1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 70, 1998
3. Samy Sosa, 66, 1998
4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
5. Samy Sosa, 64, 2001
6. Samy Sosa, 63, 1999
7. Giancarlo Stanton, 59, 2017
8. Ryan Howard, 58, 2006
9. Luis González, 57, 2001
10. Hack Wilson, 56, 1930

Fastest to 60 home runs (per team games)

1. Barry Bonds, 141 games, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 142 games, 1998
3. Aaron Judge, 147 games, 2022
4. Sammy Sosa, 148 games, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 149 games, 1998
6. Babe Ruth, 154 games, 1927
7. Mark McGwire, 155 games, 1999
8. Sammy Sosa, 157 games, 2001
9. Roger Maris, 159 games, 1961

Fastest at 61 home runs (by team games)

T1. Barry Bonds, 144, 2001
T1. Mark McGwire, 144, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 149, 1999
4. Sammy Sosa, 150, 1998
5. Mark McGwire, 156, 1999
6. Sammy Sosa, 158, 2001
7. Roger Maris, 163, 1961

Fastest at 62 homers (by team games)

1. Barry Bonds, 144, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 145, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 150, 1998
T4. Mark McGwire, 157, 1999
T4. Samy Sosa, 157, 1999
6. Sammy Sosa, 160, 2001

So, as you can see, what Judge is doing in 2022 is truly historic. He has 15 games left to try to pass Maris and set a new American League standard for home run excellence in a season. Judge will look to tie (and potentially break) the record on Friday night against the Red Sox.

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